Subject: Re: Floating point in the kernel
To: Victor Escobar <>
From: Neil A. Carson <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 09/19/1998 13:03:21
Victor Escobar wrote:

> How does BeOS support multi-media?  I was under the assumption that they
> support FP in their kernel.  Am I wrong?

The issues of 'supporting multimedia' and 'FP in the kernel' are
completely distinct. The latter should not be necessary for the former.
Arguably the latter should not be necessary full-stop for a portable
high performance multimedia system.

I don't know if the BeOS uses FP in its kernel, and we're quite unlikely
to know. However it only runs on 2 (historically 3) platforms and is
kept under tight control.

Neil A. Carson